Redmi 10 Full Review: The New Budget KING??!! 👑

In this article, I will be giving you my in-depth review of the Redmi 10 after using it for more than a week, and I will be answering ALL of your comments that you have asked me in my first impressions video, to help you make a purchase decision.

 

Specs

Now since I have done the unboxing in my first impressions video, here is a quick recap of the specs. 

The Redmi 10 comes with the MediaTek G88, with the Mali-G52 MC2 GPU

And the variant that I have is the 4 gigabytes of RAM and has 64 gigabytes of storage, with MIUI 12.5.4 skin on top of Android 11.

 

Build Quality

Now looking at the design and the build of the phone, as mentioned in the previous video that this really reminded me of the POCO F3’s Arctic White finish and it did feel identical when I was using it daily.

The side’s silver matte finish and the texture of the back part of the phone felt as though it was like a higher flagship-level device, and no I am not exaggerating.

And there were times where I just can’t believe that this is a phone that is priced within an RM600 range because as mentioned, the overall slick and lightweight form factor were indeed an A+ and I have absolutely no complaints at all.

 

Display

Now looking at the display, the phone has a 6.5-inch IPS LCD DotDisplay, with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels

And while the screen may not be as bright as a typical higher-level mid-range phone, but the good news is that it was very visible during daylight when I was taking pictures on the phone on a hot afternoon.

The 90 Hertz screen was quite a surprise too but I would like to take a moment to talk about this 90-hertz display though because, maybe it’s me but sometimes, I did feel like the screen was not at 90 hertz, especially when I was scrolling left to right, where scrolling up and down was better.

Now, this could probably be due to the AdaptiveSync technology where it will adjust between 45, 60, and 90Hz which does co-relate to better battery life, more on that later.

So yea, while the phone does have a 90-hertz refresh rate but based on me using it daily, it did feel that sometimes it wasn’t, but based on the UFO test, it seems alright so that could just be me.

Now, during my first impressions, I did find that the camera hole punch to be a bit bigger for my liking but it will eventually be something that I got used to because watching videos on the phone was really nice too, especially on Netflix, since it is Widevine L1 certified, which was really a pleasant thing to have for a smartphone within this range.

So how do I rate the display? I would give this a B+, where the experience was pretty decent indeed.

 

Cameras

Now in terms of the camera, the main rear camera is:

  • a massive 50-Megapixel f 1.8 aperture 
  • a 8-megapixel f 2.2 16mm ultra-wide-angle lens
  • a 2-megapixel f 2.4 macro lens, and
  • a 2-megapixel f 2.4 depth sensor

Then the front camera comes with an 8-megapixel f 2.0 camera. 

50-Megapixel Mode

Starting from the high megapixel mode, the image quality was great and the amount of detail is almost at a flagship level but compared to flagship, at least this Redmi 10 has an expandable storage up to 512GB so that’s nice.

Ultrawide Lens

Looking at the ultrawide angle shots, here is where I prefer all the shots taken with the AI mode turned off as the images seem to be more blue when it’s turned on and the overall dynamic range was great over here.

Main Lens

As for the main lenses, the shots without AI mode were way more favorable to me, since the shots looked more natural as mentioned earlier.

Portrait Mode

The rear camera’s portrait mode was really great, where you can adjust the aperture down to F 1.0, but I felt the best results would be to adjust it to F 2.0 where the results both for humans and objects had a very good dynamic range and subject to background blur.

Macro Mode

I was pleasantly surprised with the shots on the macro mode as I could get an easier focus and the shots were one of the better macro mode cameras compared to some recent smartphones that I have tried, which costs way much more.

Night Mode

As for the night mode shots, I actually kind of liked the shots produced as some smartphones tend to overexpose the highlights and bring up the shadows like crazy, but I like how the night mode looks as natural as how it was.

Regular Selfie

Then another HUGE surprise was the performance of the front camera because one would think that the photos taken over here would be horrible since it comes with just 8 megapixels.

But as you guys can see over here, the images looked really good, even better than the POCO X3 GT which I just recently reviewed.

Portrait Selfie

The portrait selfie also looked really nice, with great dynamic range at the background blurred area and almost flagship level edge detection.

So here are your AI camera tests, @Muhil Elite.

And the camera test, @Irfan The69 and @Mr Blacken

 

Video Recording

As for the video, the rear camera maxes out at 1080p 30 frames per second and so was the front camera, and while the video quality was great but the image stabilization sadly wasn’t the best.

So I would rate the camera photos at B+ and videos probably a C+ because of the lack of image stabilization.

And there is your answer @Vijay Kumar

 

Audio

As for the phone’s speakers, another great thing is the fact that the phone has stereo speakers, and also another interesting surprise was how loud the speakers could get at 94 db, with no distortion at its maximum volume level.

The mids are also pretty well pronounced with great vocal clarity, with decent highs and lows.

 

Software

In terms of software, when I first unboxed the phone, it came shipped with MIUI 12.5.1 and as of this review, it is at 12.5.4 instead, where I did see some minor performance upgrade.

Considering the fact that this phone has only 4 gigabytes of RAM, it did handle multitasking and opening a bunch of apps well with probably just an occasional browser stutter, especially when loading higher graphical websites.

So if you are using this phone daily, try having the habit of closing apps frequently in between loading apps to ensure the best performance of the phone but other than that using the phone daily was totally fine.

However, although I didn’t get to compare the 6GB variant of this smartphone to say how it would fair, I would recommend just getting that 6GB variant instead, just for the sake of getting the best out of the smartphone although it costs RM100 more.

 

Battery

Then as for battery, the phone has 5000 milliamps of battery, and the biggest question was if the phone could perform well, since it has the combination of the AdaptiveSync Display technology and this huge battery?

Well, based on my test, I was very impressed with the overall battery life as I could up to a massive 10 hours and 50 mins and even sometimes up to 11 hours of screen on time, with that adaptive 90 hertz refresh rate,  when I was at 10% battery, with dark mode turned off, with quite a heavy usage, which was really nice to know.

And the phone has fast charging up to 18 watts, where the box comes with a 22.5-watt charger instead and what’s interesting is that there is also a 9 watts reverse wired charging, something that was quite interesting indeed.

So there is your battery life test @Sonu Baba.

 

Gaming

As for gaming, since the phone is not so much of a powerhouse for gaming, I performed two gaming tests.

First one is with Asphalt 9, where the gameplay was really nice and smooth, at the Default Settings.

Then on PUBG mobile, the settings were maximized at Graphics set to HD and

Frame Rate set to High, where the overall gameplay was nice and smooth with very tiny warmth towards the top part of the phone during a really long gameplay.

And there is your PUBG Mobile Settings test @Poison God and your overall gaming test @MD Shahin, @Vicky and @Febrian Shandy

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, I have to say that the Redmi 10 seems to be a smartphone that does indeed check the right boxes to perform way more than what you pay for, coming with a price of only RM649 for the 4GB+64GB and RM749 for the 6GB+128GB variant, I don’t see a reason why you would not get this phone if your budget is within this price range.

And I will leave a link below for you to get yourself one because my biggest takeaway on this phone is the amazing design and build quality, a massive battery life, and a very good photography camera smartphone. 

So yes guys, if those are your priorities among others, then yes, you should totally get this Redmi 10. Alright, let’s end this article with some of the other questions asked by you all.


Q & A

 

@Kartivel asks: 

Q: What is the storage type? Ufs or emmc? 

A: emmc version 5.1

 

@NickBaib asks:

Q: Does Xiaomi Redmi 10 support NFC? 

A: Nope

 

@Valerie Val asks:

Q: Please, is there a notification diode? 

A: Nope

 

@y amna asks:

Q: Is there any shadow around the Hole punch ? 

A: There is a black circle around the hole punch, not a shadow but yes, compared to a flagship phone, this black circle is surely more apparent.

 

Q: Then there were a bunch of questions coming from all of my fellow friends from India and Bangladesh on what is the price of the Redmi 10.

A: Now since the phone is not yet officially released over there, I can’t give you a definite answer on that but as soon as I know, I will let you all know.

 

@Muhd Fahmi asks:

Q: Cakaplah bahasa Melayu?
A: Bro, gua punya English bukan lah powderful gila, dah tahun 2021, masih tak paham bahasa english kah bro?

 

@Naughty Queen asks:

Q: Does It Has 120fps Slowmotion In Front Camera…?? 

A: Errrr…no.


 

Thanks for reading! See you guys in my next review!

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